Lynchburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Hudson Family Story
There are many thousands more people buried in this cemetery than there are existing tombstones. Records are not reliable and the location of graves is often speculative. Family records are pieced together from oral history and newspaper archives. As an example of such a family whose members are buried "somewhere" in this cemetery, this story can be told:
In 1916, a happy young family lost a four year old daughter to tuberculosis. The mother, weakened from exposure at the child's death, succumbed to the dreadful influenza epidemic of 1919. The grief-stricken father, with three little children left in his care, looked for a new wife. The lady he admired had another suitor, a prominent doctor, whom she favored, and the distraught father tried to shoot the doctor. In 1923 he was judged criminally insane and sent to the Southwestern State Hospital. His children were placed in a local orphanage. He was inconsolable and spent his last 36 years in the institution. A friendly nurse brought him black walnuts to shell whereby he earned enough money that, at his death, he was not judged a pauper.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1916.
Location. 37° 24.87′ N, 79° 9.351′ W. Marker is in Lynchburg, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Taylor Street, 0.1 miles north of 4th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 Taylor St, Lynchburg VA 24501, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jennie Hicks (here, next to this marker); Uncle Sawney (here, next to this marker); Daniel Butler (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth Gavino Hubert Lushington (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Sawney Early, Malinda Speece, and Their Descendants (within shouting distance of this marker); Virginia M. Cabell Randolph (within shouting distance of this marker); John and Rachel Kinkle (within shouting distance of this marker); "Col'd" Gravestones (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lynchburg.
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